November 21, 2011
December is a perfect time to enjoy a variety of events taking place in Vermont, from Christmas fairs to horse-drawn sleigh rides to holiday train rides. Here’s a closer look at what’s happening in December. For a comprehensive listing of events, visit www.VermontVacation.com.
Vermont International Festival
Essex Junction – Dec. 2-4, 2011
This festival showcases the diversity of Vermont arts, crafts, ethnic cuisine, dance and music. More than 40 vendors will sell unique handcrafts and offer delicious ethnic food and non-stop music and dance throughout the weekend. Champlain Valley Exposition, Route 15. For more information, visit www.vermontinternationalfestival.com.
Stowe Community Church’s Christmas Fair
Stowe – Dec. 3, 2011
Stowe Community Church hosts its annual Christmas fair, featuring needle crafts, baked goods, collectibles, decorated wreaths, children’s activities, historic Stowe afghans and a quilt raffle. Stowe Community Church, 137 Main St. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.gostowe.com.
Holiday Open House Tours
Manchester – Dec. 3 and 10, 2011
Explore lodgings around the Manchester region and enjoy tidings, holiday cheer and entertainment. Tickets cost $15 per person, $25 per couple. Visit lodging properties and inns decorated for the holidays with a celebration of local foods. Tours will be noon to 4 p.m. The event is part of the region’s six-week “Manchester Merriment” promotion. Tickets are available at participating inns and at the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit http://visitmanchestervt.com.
Vergennes Holiday Stroll
Vergennes – Dec. 3, 2011
Enjoy breakfast with Santa, a holiday craft fair, cookie decorating, musical performances, carolers, decorated wreath sale, tree lighting, and more. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Various locations. For more information, visit www.addisoncounty.com.
Christmas in Weston
Weston – Dec. 3, 2011
Christmas in Weston is a town-wide holiday event. Enjoy holiday music, horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s activities, wine tasting, tours, exhibits, caroling, a visit from Santa, tree lighting on the town green, and more. Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. Tree lighting at 4 p.m., followed by a Christmas concert dinner at 5:30 p.m. Route 100. For more information, visit www.westonvt.com.
The North Pole Express
Lyndonville – Dec. 3-4, 2011
Experience the old time magic of Christmas aboard fully enclosed and heated vintage coaches as you travel to The North Pole to pick up Santa and his elves. Snuggle in for storytelling, hot cocoa, gingerbread cookies and caroling Santa boards the train at The North Pole and greets all passengers with a special gift. Tickets $25. Reservations required. Departs outside The Freighthouse, 1000 Broad St. at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.thelyndonfreighthouse.com.
Barre – Dec. 9, 2011
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra takes a look at the youthful side of the holiday. Music that reflects a child’s sense of wonder and delight includes Bizet’s “Children’s Games,” “March of the Toys” from “Babes in Toyland,” and excerpts from “Hansel and Gretel” and “The Little Drummer Boy.” 7:30 p.m. Barre Opera House, Main Street. Performances also held Dec. 10 in Burlington and Dec. 11 in Rutland. Visit www.vso.org.
Vermont Holiday Festival
Killington – Dec. 9-10, 2011
The festival includes horse-drawn sleigh rides, more than 100 decorated trees, storytelling and craft-making workshop with Santa and his elves, live music, entertainment and more. Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon to 9 p.m. Killington Grand Hotel at Killington Resort. For more information, visit www.killingtonchamber.com.
Woodstock – Dec. 9-11, 2011
For more than 25 years, Wassail Weekend in Woodstock has welcomed people from near and far to celebrate in unique ways. The term has its roots in medieval England referring to the Norse “ves heill,” meaning to “drink to the health.” Enjoy a Wassail Parade, house tours, holiday activities, food, music and more. For details, visit www.woodstockvt.com.
The Polar Express
White River Junction – Dec. 10-11, 2011
All aboard! The Polar Express comes to life on the Green Mountain Railroad. Read along with the story as the train makes its magical round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa and a treat and a special gift for each child. Tickets $23 adults, $18 children under age 12. Departs from White River Junction Railroad Station, Railroad Row. For more information, visit www.hartfordvtpolarexpress.com.
Pump House Indoor Waterpark Grand Opening Ceremony
Jay Peak – Dec. 12, 2011
Jay Peak’s new Pump House is a 50,000-square foot indoor waterpark ensconced in glass that guarantees happy memories, no matter what the weather. The Pump House Indoor Water Park offers wading pools, children’s play areas, hot tubs and cabanas to rent, and four signature rides: The Double Barrel Flow-rider surf wave, Big Falls Climbing Wall, Big River Activity River and La Chute – the only indoor AquaLoop anywhere. Grand opening 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.jaypeakresort.com.
Coolidge Holiday Open House
Plymouth Notch – Dec. 13, 2011
Enjoy the traditions of the season at the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge. Visit the Coolidge Birthplace, decorated as it would have been in 1872, the year the future president was born. Winter exhibits will be at the Aldrich House, Plymouth Cheese Factory and 1924 Summer White House office. Enjoy food, music, sleigh/wagon rides, children’s activities and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Route 100A. For details, visit www.HistoricVermont.org/Coolidge.
Burlington – Dec. 17-18, 2011
Follow the delightful adventures of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they conquer the evil Mouse King and travel to the Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy reigns. Presented by the Vermont Ballet Theater. Performances on Saturday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Main Street. For more information, visit www.flynntix.org.
Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
West Dover – Dec. 28, 2011
The Mount Snow Ski & Snowboard School instructors will descend the Canyon ski trail in a beautiful torchlight glow. Immediately following you can watch a huge fireworks display light up the sky. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mount Snow Resort, Route 100. For more information, visit www.mountsnow.com.
Burlington, Montpelier, St. Johnsbury and Brattleboro – Dec. 31, 2011
Ring in 2011 with special performances, dance, music, theatre, activities and more at these First Night New Year's Eve festivals (called Last Night in Brattleboro). For more information, visit www.firstnightburlington.com or www.montpelieralive.com or www.firstnightstj.com. For Brattleboro information, call 802-254-5808.
Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: November 21, 2011 16:06:36